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South West Water's Catchment Management Scheme recognised by prestigious responsible business awards

26th April 2018


South West Water’s catchment management scheme has been recognised by the UK’s longest running awards programme which champions responsible business in the UK and abroad. 

South West Water’s listing for the Business in the Community (BITC) Environmental Sustainability Award 2018 celebrates the successful transformation the multi-award winning Upstream Thinking catchment management programme has had on the natural environment of the South West.

Upstream Thinking Programme Manager, Dr. David Smith, said: “Our catchment management programme which is nearing its tenth year of operation is delivered through not just ourselves, but the hard work of our partners including  Westcountry Rivers Trust, Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Trusts, government agencies, environmental experts, landowners and tenant farmers.

 “We are pleased to have been recognised – Upstream Thinking is a sustainable approach promoting better water quality, strengthened biodiversity, lower customer bills and reductions in flooding.

“Our work restoring the peat bogs on Exmoor for example has resulted in a third less water leaving the moorland during heavy rainfall and on lowland farms, the grants provided to farmers are helping to keep chemicals and other substances out of our rivers.”

The Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards champion responsible businesses making a difference by building more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and by tackling environmental challenges.

Today’s longlisting announcement coincides with #RBWeek - Responsible Business Week (23-27 April) an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution of businesses to society.

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